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The Public Theater Extends Elevator Repair Service's THE SOUND AND THE FURY

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Due to popular demand, The Public Theater announced a second and final two-week extension for Elevator Repair Service's acclaimed THE SOUND AND THE FURY. Chosen as a New York Times Critics' Pick, THE SOUND AND THE FURY began performances in The Public's Martinson Theater on Thursday, May 14 and was originally extended to Saturday, June 27. Directed by John Collins, the show will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, July 12. THE SOUND AND THE FURY marks the third collaboration between The Public and Elevator Repair Service, having previously presented Gatz and Arguendo.

Tickets, starting at $60, are available now and can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe's Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.

THE SOUND AND THE FURY, is a staging of the first section-the "Benjy Chapter"- of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, one of the most infamously complex passages in American literature. Like ERS' internationally renowned production of Gatz, the play is not an adaptation; rather, with radical commitment ERS stages Faulkner's language. In usual ERS style, humor, pathos, and high-energy choreography illuminate this Southern Gothic tale. ERS takes on Faulkner's daring experimentation with consciousness, perception, memory and language - and honors the author's words to the letter. With innovative casting, split-screen staging in an eerily timeless living room set, video-projected text and a lush sound score, the production brings to life the tragic demise of Faulkner's Compson Family. The intrepid ERS ensemble rises to the challenge of Faulkner's famous experiment and narrative leaps off the page.The ensemble cast features Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Jalosa Williams.

THE SOUND AND THE FURY marked the company's Off-Broadway debut in 2008 at New York Theatre Workshop, and received Lucille Lortel Nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Sound Design. The first of ERS' trilogy of modernist American novels to premiere in New York, it brought the company exposure and acclaim it had yet to see in an already lauded New York career. Since then Gatz, Arguendo and The Select (The Sun Also Rises) have established ERS as a critical darling of the Off-Broadway scene. The return of The Sound and the Fury will bring this pioneering work of the company to the large and diverse audience the ensemble has cultivated in the ensuing years. Originally presented in New York by New York Theatre Workshop, the production has since toured the U.S., Europe and Australia.

The production features scenic design by David Zinn; costume design by Colleen Werthmann; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Matt Tierney; and additional costumes by Jacob A. Climer.

Produced by Elevator Repair Service, John Collins, artistic director; Ariana Smart Truman, producing director; in partnership with The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, artistic director; Patrick Willingham, executive director; the Lehoczky Escobar Family; and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz; in association with Shawn M. Donnelley and David Gilbert. The Sound and the Fury is generously supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Edward T. Cone foundation. Originally presented by New York Theatre Workshop with the support of Dartmouth College.


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